Russia refuses to extend OSCE mandate on border with Ukraine for longer than two months

Source : 112 Ukraine

Standard mission extension period is four months
20:01, 28 May 2021

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Russia may ban OSCE monitors from its border with Ukraine in two months. It was reported by journalist Rikard Jozwiak on his Twitter page.

"Russia refuses to prolong the OSCE's border observation mission on the Ukrainian-Russian border for longer than 2 months," Jozwiak wrote.

Related: OSCE SMM spots over 265 violations of ceasefire in Donbas on May 24

"Normally its a 4 months extension," the journalist reported, adding that there is "high risk that the mission will be closed down on 31 July."

Meanwhile, head of the Ukrainian delegation at the Trilateral Contact Group Leonid Kravchuk stated that Minsk cannot be a venue for negotiations on Donbas anymore due to the stop of air traffic with Belarus.

He noted that the Contact Group will look for a new venue for talks.

“We will not have flights to Belarus; we will not be able to get there. Thus, considering the situation, dictatorial behaviors showed by self-proclaimed President of Belarus Lukashenko, it is obvious that we cannot even consider the issue of discussion spot – Minsk venue. We will definitely look for a new place,” he stated.

Related: Sniper killed Ukrainian soldier in Donbas

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